Valentine Typewriter And Case, ca. 1969
This is a Typewriter and case. It was designed by Perry A. King and Ettore Sottsass, Jr. and manufactured by Ing. C. Olivetti & C. S.p.A.. It is dated ca. 1969 and we acquired it in 1986. Its medium is molded abs plastic, metal, rubber. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
Intended by Sottsass, a designer and architect, to be the “antimachine machine,” the Valentine made a vivid statement in a market dominated by somber appliances. The bright red plastic casing brought emotion to the typewriter, differentiating it from business machines and inspiring the literary crowd.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D (a): 10.3 x 33 x 34 cm (4 1/16 in. x 13 in. x 13 3/8 in.) H x W x D (a, b: with case): 11.5 x 34.5 x 35.5 cm (4 1/2 in. x 13 9/16 in. x 14 in.)
It has the following markings
On top "made in Olivetti plant/Barcelona - Spain."
Cite this object as
Valentine Typewriter And Case, ca. 1969. molded abs plastic, metal, rubber. Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor. 1986-99-40-a,b.
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